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Newaygo County Emergency Services
Thursday January 11th, 2024 :: 05:14 p.m. EST


Warning! Heavy snow and high winds are expected. Power outages and tree damage are possible. Travel is not recommended Friday afternoon.

The US National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, Michigan has issued a Winter Storm Warning for for Newaygo County from 10 am on Friday, January 12 until 7 pm on Saturday, January 13. Heavy snowfall accumulations of over 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 MPH. These conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible Friday afternoon through Saturday. Travel only if necessary during that time, and carry emergency supplies in your car in case you get stuck. 

  • Travel will be very dangerous Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. During storm events, only primary roads are maintained (cleared) and critical emergency routes. (M-82, M-120, M20, M37, etc) Secondary roads will not be cleared until after the storm. Do not travel during this time unless absolutely necessary.
  • Power outages and tree damage is possible due to the high winds and heavy, wet snow still on trees and power lines. Long duration power outages are possible.
  • Prepare now for power outages! It is recommended to have enough supplies on hand to get you through at least 72 hours at home.
  • Charge devices, stock up on food and water, have a safe heating source, and fuel up generators before early Friday afternoon.
  • Newaygo County has extremely limited generated sites available for warming centers. We are currently working with each City to pre-identify a location. Each site must have emergency generated power, staffing, and snowplowing capabilities. If these sites are opened, the information will be released via Nixle.
  • Temperatures below freezing for 7 to 10 straight days starting Sunday - so be ready for the cold after the snow.  
  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
  • ONLY CALL 9-1-1 TO REPORT EMERGENCIES!   Emergency operators and phone lines are needed to support this incident, please continue to monitor Nixle for updates or call 2-1-1 (not 9-1-1) for general safety information.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED!   Continue monitoring your radio, Nixle, and Newaygo ES’s Facebook Page for additional information. To receive information non-electronically, dial 2-1-1. This service is available 24/7 and can provide information about emergency assistance programs. 


Prepare now for power outages. Charge devices, stock up on food and water, have a safe heating source, and fuel up generators before early Friday afternoon. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary Friday afternoon thru Saturday.

Newaygo County Emergency Services
E Newell St
White Cloud, MI 49349

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-689-7354

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Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Likely (p > ~50%)
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Winter Storm Warning

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